Penn National close to launching new $100-million casino, begins looking for workers
By Bob Garcia
The new Hollywood Casino Morgantown is a huge investment for the casino operator
After months of effort, Penn National Gaming will finally open the doors to the closest casino to its Reading-area headquarters later this year. Named Hollywood Casino Morgantown, the $111-million project will be located just off Morgantown, along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Caernarvon Township, Berks County. Any new project start-up would also require a workforce capable of handling the operations properly and that is why the operator is also looking for new employees.
The 80,000-square-foot casino will reportedly feature about 30 table games and more than 700 slot machines, as well as a betting parlor, a Barstool racebook and, of course, a variety of food and beverage options. While it is true that Penn National has had a generated a huge pandemic of casinos throughout the county, this one, in particular, will be the closest to its county of origin. The casino is considered a mini-casino, or category four casino. These types of casinos have been legal in the Keystone State for more than four years.
As part of the projects prior to opening its doors, Penn National has announced that it plans on holding several Table Games Dealer School open house recruitment events at the Holiday Inn Morgantown Career Center. In addition, there will also be part-time and full-time employment opportunities. Penn National is seeking individuals with experience in casino operations, security and surveillance, marketing, human resources, food and beverage and other areas. The idea is to hire at least 375 people to help the mini-casino run smoothly.
“We are thrilled to begin accepting applications for our newest property from residents of Berks, Lancaster, and Montgomery counties, and other neighboring communities,” said Erin Chamberlin, Senior VP of regional operations for Penn National.